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Law Library Student Services

Information for UW Law students about the services we offer.

Checking Out Books

COVID-19 Update: UW Libraries is working on a curbside delivery program. Check the Libraries Blog for any updates on this program.

Search for your book using the catalog. Log in to request it directly from the catalog, or retrieve it from the shelves and bring it to the Info Desk to check out.

Law Library Materials

Loan Periods for UW Law Students
Law Library Location Loan Period for UW Law Students
Bar Reserves, Info Desk L1 UW Law ONLY, 4 hours
Classified Stacks, L1 & L2 12 weeks, subject to recall
Compact Stacks, L2 12 weeks, subject to recall
Course Reserves, Info Desk L1 GATES HALL USE ONLY--4 hours
Equipment, Info Desk L1 GATES HALL USE ONLY--end of the day
Good Reads, L1 12 weeks, subject to recall
Microfiche & Microfilm, Reference Area L1 12 weeks, subject to recall
Reference Area, L1 4 hours

Other UW Libraries

Request materials from other UW Libraries through the catalog or visit the library in person to check materials out. Map of all UW Libraries. Most UW Libraries materials check out for 12 weeks, subject to recall.

Summit Libraries Materials

You can find materials at other Pacific Northwest academic institutions (called "Summit") through the catalog. Log in to request delivery of these materials to the hold shelf at the Info Desk. Most Summit materials check out for 6 weeks, subject to recall. There are no renewals on Summit items. 

Hold Shelf

COVID-19 Update: UW Libraries is working on a curbside delivery program. Check the Libraries Blog for any updates on this program.

When you request items using the library catalog "Request UW Item", "Request Summit Item", or fill out the ILL form, your items will come to the law library info desk hold shelf when they arrive.

How long do books take to arrive after being requested? Approximate times:

  • Law Library items: by the next open morning
  • UW Libraries items: 1-4 days
  • Summit items: 3-5 days
  • Interlibrary Loan: 2-3 weeks

Hold shelf items expire: Most items generally stay on the hold shelf for two weeks, after which your hold will expire and the item will be released back out into the wild for other borrowers to request.

Email notification: You will receive an email when the item arrives at the desk.

Course Reserves

COVID-19 Update: Due to facility restrictions and the health and safety issues associated with frequently circulated books, the law library is unable to offer in-person course reserves until the public health authorities deem it safe for us to do so. We are so sad to have to temporarily remove this vital service, and we would love to hear your feedback--email Alena Wolotira, Head of Public Services, at

The law library buys at least one copy of required texts for law school courses (excluding statutory supplements) and put these items on course reserve for you to check out. More information about how to find reserves, checkout periods, and policies

Your Library Account

For information about how to see what you have requested/checked out and how to pay library fines, take a look at this page. Fines and fees information, including appeals, is on the UW Libraries Library Account Services Fines page. 

Proxy Borrowing

You can designate another law student to pick your hold shelf items up for you.

To do so, email with the subject "Proxy Borrower Request". Explain that you'd like to appoint another student as a borrower for you and give us their name and NetID. Be sure to email us from your UW email address. 


  • The proxy must be another UW law student
  • The proxy needs to bring their Husky Card with them when they come to pick the items up
  • The items will be checked out to you and you are responsible for loss or damage to those items from the moment of checkout until they are returned
  • The maximum amount of time that a proxy can borrow for you is 30 days.
  • This only applies to UW Libraries and Summit items. ILL items must be picked up in person by the borrower. 

Questions about proxy borrowing? Contact Head of Public Services, Alena Wolotira.